Nancy Goldenberg, CEO of Laurel Hill and West Laurel Hill cemeteries spoke of the cemeteries as cultural centers in Philadelphia. They are a national historical landmark, with the graves of thousands of Civil War veterans and others since that time. Both sites are still active as cemeteries.
The group operates two cemeteries and a funeral home, with 50 staff members and 40-50 volunteers.
Nancy spoke about current trends in funerals: cremation (over half of all Americans are cremated at death), green burials (unbound corpse in biodegradable container), pet burials, and other new technologies. Laurel Hill has all of these things available.
The cemeteries also sponsors performances, internships, horticultural programs, and outdoor cultural programs for the public.